Just when it looked like North Central was going to make its move against rival Andrew Jackson, the Volunteers came up with a trump card.
The North Central boys cross country team opened their season by finishing fourth in a five-team in Cheraw on Wednesday.
He smiled as he talked about his current team and his former team, which will meet tonight for the third time on the football field since Louis Clyburn left as head coach at Andrew Jackson after one season to take the reins at North Central, which is a hop, skip and a jump from his boyhood home.
Tiffany Rogers dished out 35 assists to help get the North Central offense in gear for what became a three-game sweep over rival Andrew Jackson in a non-region volleyball pairing on Tuesday in Kershaw.
When then-junior Chad Hampton ran off with the class A state boys' cross country title in 2009, he put North Central on the state running map.
This season is beginning just like last year for the North Central High volleyball teams.
Through the first two games of the season, North Central has amassed nearly as many yards in total offense as it did during its entire 2009 campaign. At least, that is the way it seems to third-year Knights head coach Louis Clyburn.
If a season goes along the same lines as a first match, then this could be a special volleyball season at North Central.
After traveling to the Grand Strand last week, North Central will take its non-conference tour of the Palmetto State to Greenville tonight to meet St. Joseph's Catholic school for the second time in as many years.
For countless reasons, strange things tend to happen during the first game of the season.
Fortunately, North Central is better equipped to handle having a wrench thrown into its plans for its season opener.
After having his team double their win total from 2009 with a 2-8 season a year ago, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn is not saying that his program has turned the corner. But at least, the Knights have the turn signal on.
When informed that his team was ranked fifth in the pre-season Class A South Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association poll, North Central head coach Andy Johnson just shook his head and smiled.
Count Louis Clyburn among those who were none-too-impressed that Buford's Tyler Jenkins split the uprights from 20 yards away, with no time left on the clock, to give the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 win over North Central in Friday's first game of the 36th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.
They say that you can't fight city hall. That, however, will not stop Louis Clyburn and North Central High School from trying.
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